Allegheny County Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed taxes [10-percent poured-drink tax and $2 per day rental-car tax] that may be established to provide the additional local matching funds necessary to receive the additional State funds earmarked for public transit in Allegheny County.
The public hearing will be THIS-COMING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. IN THE GOLD ROOM [COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING CHAMBER] OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 436 GRANT STREET [AT FIFTH AVENUE] IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH.
PEOPLE WHO WISH TO SPEAK AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING MUST PRE-REGISTER WITH THE CHIEF CLERK AT LEAST 24-HOURS IN ADVANCE:
* Telephone: 412-350-6495
* Electronic Mail: JMascio@county.allegheny.pa.us
* IN PERSON at Room 119 County Courthouse
Public comments at this public hearing are limited to three minutes per speaker.
The restaurants and taverns of Allegheny County are organizing to oppose the poured-drink tax. At least one car-rental company [Enterprise] has already testified, in front of County Council's Budget and Finance Committee, in opposition to the rental-car tax.
If you want to make your voice heard on this issue, be sure to pre-register to speak by Monday and attend on Tuesday. At this link is the official public hearing
For news articles on this issue:
PHILADELPHIA HIKE IN TRANSIT TOKENS AND TRANSFERS - Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [SEPTA] approved 15-cent increases in both transit tokens and transfers, to take effect on Monday. This was done to make-up income that was originally scheduled to come to SEPTA after the elimination of paper transfers last month. After the City of Philadelphia sued SEPTA to prevent the elimination of transfers, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge ordered that SEPTA retain paper transfers.
SEPTA has appealed the court decision and has indicated that if their appeal is upheld, the increase in the price of tokens would be rolled-back, and of course, transfers would then be eliminated.
For news articles on this latest SEPTA Board action:
Friday, September 28, 2007
TRANSIT TAX PUBLIC HEARING slated for Tuesday. What to speak?
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